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One of the beauties of digital photography is the flexibility it gives you. Gone are the days when you routinely went to Boots to have your photos developed; in are the days when you can share photos online, share them via mobile phone and edit them to your heart's content.
There are times, however, when having a more traditional way of displaying your photos is preferable – just ask your grandmother. Short of actually printing photos, a digital photo frame is a great way of displaying pictures in a more visible manner.
Philips has been one of the pioneers in this market, and its photo frame range comes in seven and nine inch varieties with a choice of modern or wooden finishes. We have the nine inch modern version to review today, and aesthetically you can immediately appreciate the quality of the product.
Set in the clear Plexiglass with a white plastic frame, the 9FF2M4 is an elegant piece of design that’ll look the part in any environment. Philips also includes a set of three red, black and silver magnetic frames, though in general the original white frame is the most appealing of all.
Internally it features a rather disappointing 18MB of memory; however this can be supplemented by any number of memory cards with support for SD, xD, MMC, CompactFlash, Memory Stick and Memory Stick Pro. Strangely it was also possible to use Memory Stick Duo cards using an adapter, despite the manual stating otherwise.
This means you should be able to take a memory card from any digital camera and put it straight into the Photo Frame. From there you can choose to display these pictures from the card itself, or you can transfer them onto the internal memory. Alternatively you can connect the photo frame directly to your PC using the mini-USB to USB cable provided.
In either instance the Philips Photo Frame has a number of helpful features, providing basic editing functions to get your photos looking just right on the display. When transferring photos onto the internal memory from a memory card, the 9FF2M4 automatically resizes any photo to 720 x 540 – or the nearest it can get to this without upsetting the aspect ratio. This helps maximise space and this way Philips claim an internal storage capacity of between 110 and 150 photos.
This helps reduce the size of photos, thus saving space on the rather limited internal memory. Naturally photos will never be stretched to fit with bars used where necessary, while the Photo Frame will also automatically adapt to portrait and landscape pictures mode without any prompting.
When using large unedited images from memory cards the Photo Frame will scale pictures down to fit on the display, but you also have the option to manually crop images. This is a nice addition, enabling you to single out specific areas of a photo and rotate them too.